PUBLISHED:November 16, 2021

Duke Law School seeking director for Health Justice Clinic


The clinic, the oldest of Duke's 11 legal clinics, has a proud and significant history within the Law School and is a well-recognized and valuable resource for the community. 

Duke University’s Law School seeks a dynamic and proven lawyer-advocate to lead its oldest law clinic, the Health Justice Clinic. The Health Justice Clinic has a proud and significant history within the Law School and is a well-recognized and valuable resource for the community. The Director will be considered for an appointment to clinical faculty. This appointment offers a rare opportunity to join a law school with deep faculty, student and institutional engagement in health law and policy and a strong and well-resourced Clinical Program.  

The Health Justice Clinic is the oldest of Duke Law School’s current clinics. Twenty- five years ago, clinical faculty and law students began providing legal services to clients suffering from HIV/AIDS through the Duke Legal Assistance Project. The Project evolved over the years, first spinning off the AIDS Policy Clinic, adding a Cancer Initiative, and ultimately developing into the Health Justice Clinic that we have today. In its current iteration, the Health Justice Clinic is dedicated to advancing issues of access, equity and justice for low-income individuals and communities within the health care system. It enjoys strong student interest and achieves significant impacts through its direct service and policy advocacy. The Health Justice Clinic is staffed by a Director and Supervising Attorney and supported by a shared Office Manager and Director of Clinical Programs.

The precise contours of the Director position and future direction of the Clinic will reflect the strengths and interests of the successful applicant. We seek a clinical leader to establish and implement a compelling vision for the Clinic while continuing to provide the highest quality learning opportunities for students and responding to the essential legal needs of the community. In addition to a strong record of clinical teaching, intellectual engagement, and leadership in the field, the ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of public interest lawyering in areas of health law, health equity, and the social determinants of health. At Duke Law, clinical faculty teach other courses or seminars in addition to clinics. Faculty also have the opportunity and support to pursue other academic interests, including research and scholarship related to their areas of expertise, which can include collaboration with doctrinal faculty.

This is an exciting time for clinical and experiential education at Duke Law School. The Clinical Program, which currently consists of 11 individual clinics, is an integral component of the Law School’s curricular focus on professional development and problem solving. The successful candidate will actively engage with faculty from across the Law School and University to continue to grow and strengthen this key part of the curriculum. Opportunities for interdisciplinary engagement are extensive, as Duke Law School is part of a top research university that includes a world-renowned School of Medicine.

The position of Director of the Health Justice Clinic at Duke Law is open for the 2021-22 academic year and beyond. We would expect the Director to join the Duke Law faculty in the summer of 2022. Minimum requirements include a J.D. (or foreign equivalent), membership in the North Carolina Bar (or eligibility for admission and a willingness to become a member), and at least seven years combined experience practicing and/or teaching in a related area of law. Specific academic title and terms of employment will be determined based upon successful applicant’s qualifications.

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Interested applicants must apply via Academic Jobs Online (  Applicants should also submit a letter of interest and résumé via email to Cynthia Cammarn at Please submit your materials as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and we anticipate interviewing finalists on campus in February 2022.

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